Birds in Wyoming

Wyoming is an excellent spot for bird watching and feeding. Birdbaths, misters, and drippers are particularly useful at attracting birds in the state’s drier areas.

Birds of Wyoming comprise species that have been reported by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) in the United States of America’s state of Wyoming as of May 2016. There are 437 species on this list. There are 103 species classified as accidental introductions, and seven species have been introduced to North America.

Unless otherwise specified, all of the species mentioned below are regarded to visit Wyoming on a regular basis as permanent inhabitants, summer or winter visitors, or migrants. These are the tags that are used to annotate some species: Unintentional – “species with an unforeseeable, incidental occurrence,” as defined by the WGFD.  Introduced – a species that has been introduced into North America as a result of human activity. ‌

Wyoming‌ ‌birds‌ ‌of‌ ‌prey‌ ‌

Raptors are integral to the natural landscape, and a robust raptor population is a good indicator of an ecosystem in excellent health. Raptors contribute to environmental balance by preying on rodents such as mice and rabbits or insects such as grasshoppers.

Some residents live here year-round, while others come for the summer or winter. They are distributed across the state, from densely forested highlands to broad grasslands.

We’ll demonstrate how to recognize several of Wyoming’s most common raptors and provide recommendations on how to identify the remainder.

Eagles‌ ‌in Wyoming

Adult eagles form life-long pairs and nest on the tops of tall trees near rivers, lakes, marshes, and other wetland areas. Bald eagles congregate beside open water in the winter to forage and night roost in large mature trees, mainly in secluded sites that provide protection from bad weather. Bald eagles frequently return year after year to the same nest and winter roost.

The bald eagle is one of two eagle species found in the United States (the other is the golden eagle), and it is a fairly frequent resident and migratory bird in Wyoming.

Additional eagles can be found in the sections below.

Owls‌ in Wyoming

Owls, who are both elusive and beautiful, are a joy to see in the wild. The fact that the majority of us never see them as a result of their camouflage and nocturnal lifestyle further adds to their mystique. It may also cause you to question which owl species are found in your state.

Typical owls range in size from little to huge nocturnal birds of prey. They feature huge forward-facing eyes and ears, a hawk-like beak, and a prominent feathered circle called a face disk around each eye. Wyoming is home to fourteen species.

Finches‌ ‌of‌ ‌Wyoming

Finches are seed-eating passerine birds that range in size from small to somewhat large. They have a powerful beak that is normally conical in shape but can grow to be quite enormous in some species. Each species has twelve tail feathers and nine primary feathers.

House finches play a critical role in seed predation and dispersal. Additionally, house finches supply food for predatory birds, snakes, and other predators.

These birds fly with a bounce, alternating between bouts of flapping and gliding on closed wings, and the majority sing beautifully. Wyoming is home to seventeen species.

Hummingbirds‌ ‌of‌ ‌Wyoming ‌ 

Hummingbirds are one of the most fascinating creatures you’re likely to encounter in your backyard. It’s really beneficial to know which hummingbird species live in Wyoming.

They are well-known for their territorial aggressiveness, with the male performing extravagant diving displays at other birds and occasionally at humans. They generate high-pitched loud popping sounds with their tail feathers at the bottom of their dives.

The following section can be used to describe each hummingbird species that resides in or visits Wyoming.

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Backyard‌ ‌birds‌ ‌of‌ ‌Wyoming ‌ ‌

It’s a lot of fun to put up bird feeders and watch what comes to visit, but it’s even more fun when you know who they are. Now you may learn about the most popular birds that visit feeders or hop across your yard in Wyoming.

In Wyoming, summer is the season for American Robins, Yellow Warblers, Western Meadowlarks, Pine Siskins, and Mountain Bluebirds, while winter is the season for Eurasian-collared Doves and Black-capped Chickadees.

Therefore, if you’re interested in backyard birding in Wyoming, continue reading to learn how to recognize birds and how to attract more birds to your yard.

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Best‌ ‌Birdwatching‌ ‌Spots‌ ‌in‌ ‌Wyoming ‌

Wyoming is home to over 400 bird species, including the beautiful trumpeter swan, the lightning-fast calliope hummingbird, and the vocally accomplished song sparrow.

Wyoming’s diverse birdlife makes it a great birding destination, reflecting the range of the landscapes they call home, from the alpine and aspen forests of Grand Teton National Park to the glistening dunes of the Red Desert.

The following is a list of the top five bird viewing locations that you can visit.

  1. Yellowstone National Park
  2. Grand Teton National Park
  3. Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge
  4. Keyhole State Park
  5. Devil’s Tower National Monument

Other‌ ‌‌Wyoming ‌birds‌ ‌

It may come as no surprise to learn that Wyoming is home to over different species at various periods of the year. While we couldn’t possibly cover them all in one post, we can surely provide you with a taste, which we will break up seasonally as follows: Birds that remain year-round Spring, Summer, and Early Fall Birds, as well as Fall and Winter Birds.

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If you have encountered a bird in Wyoming that you cannot identify yourself, we’ll be happy to identify it for you. Simply take a picture of it and upload your picture, a quick description and the U.S. state where it was found here on our bird identification page

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